When women lose races, it's seen as a personal failing. When high-profile men lose, seemingly omnipotent outside forces are to blame. A sampling of press coverage of losses from Tom Daschle to Scott Brown to Mitt Romney to Eric Cantor helps paint the picture.
What we know: Having women in the boardroom is a good thing. But are more women a better thing? That depends, of course, on how they get there.
It is only a start in how the electorate of this nation can start to change the dynamics of our political system. It also places the power to close the gender gap in politics in the hands of the people.
The effort to open doors is not simply a matter of aesthetics, as some have suggested. It rather reflects a commitment to equality and to the idea that the American dream is not simply the province of white males, that as Ferraro said, "America is a land where dreams can come true for all of us."
Preventing sexual violence in armed conflict is a matter of international peace and security. Sexual violence fuels conflict, forces people to flee their homes and countries and is often linked to cyclical violence and other human rights abuses.
Why is women's political equality important? With more women at the table, we have more robust, inclusive dialogue about issues that matter not only to women but to families and all Americans.
Do female candidates really hold the future of the Senate in their hands? Is the partisan makeup of the Senate intimately tied to the fate of female candidates making this truly "the Year of the Woman?"
How Clinton handles the inevitable swipes at her personality, the character of her husband, and Benghazi will determine whether or not she can win the election in 2016.
Time to ignore the speed limit and speed around the roadblocks, girlfriends.
Pretending there is not a difference between male and female executives does not help empower women nor allow them to overcome the necessary roadblocks to achieve greater success. Organizations that understand this will be the catalyst for positive change.
Let's celebrate with the same spirit as the women whose activism sparked the holiday in the first place. Let's celebrate by taking action. Support the women around us. Fight for family-focused public policy. Lift up women in office who are writing these policies, and elect more women like them. A card is nice. Change is better.
On the second night of the Women in the World Summit, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) spoke of the gridlock in Washington and what women bring to the table in United States politics.
Whether the conversation is between a candidate and a reporter, or a press conference demand for a wholesale change in editorial policy depends on the particulars. The point is: Women can't let sexism go.